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Sept. 22: Korva Coleman to kick off Passion and Profession series

FREDERICK, Md.—A newscaster for NPR responsible for writing, producing and delivering national newscasts airing during several NPR news shows will give a talk at Hood College on Sept. 22.

Korva Coleman will be speaking about the experiences that helped guide her to her current work including reflections on the gifts of failure, insights from 9/11 and the power of asking questions versus finding answers. The talk is part of the “Passion and Profession” series and will take place in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons at 5:30 p.m.

The “Passion and Profession” series, created by the Career Center and the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, will bring to campus speakers whose careers are based in a particular set of personal values that connect to a current social justice issue. The mission of the series is to introduce students to a variety of professions, to hear the stories of successful individuals and their preparation for and practice of a profession, as well as to understand how a liberal arts education has contributed to their personal and professional development.

“Korva exemplifies the heart of this “Passion and Profession” series,” said Rev. Beth O’Malley, dean of the chapel at Hood. “She combines her commitment to civic engagement with a daily opportunity to educate the public about current events and the deeper stories behind headlines. Her appreciation for young adults—she’s the mother of two college students—and her engaging style of conversation make her a natural as our first speaker in this series.”

Coleman earned her bachelor’s degree at Howard University and studied law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining NPR in 1990, she was a staff reporter and copy editor for the Washington Afro-American newspaper. She also produced and hosted “First Edition,” an overnight news program at NPR’s member station WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C.

Her work has been recognized by the Arizona Associated Press Awards for best radio newscast, editorial and short feature. In 1983, she was nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Sponsored by the Hood College Career Center and Office for Service Learning and the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jill Hermes at 301-696-3583 or or Beth O’Malley at 301-696-3436 or